There is a little woman in Austin, Texas who has the heart of a lion. She is the strong person who would not quit until she unlocked the gorgeous mind of her son, Tito. Tito was a non-speaking autistic that had a treasure trove of wisdom locked within him. His mother Soma developed RPM. (Rapid Prompting Method)
RPM is what gave voice to my daughter.
I believe RPM is to a non-speaking autistic as sign language is to a deaf person. I believe a letter board is as crucial as a wheelchair.
I know non-speaking autistics are bright people locked inside bodies that won’t obey them. I know we must respect and celebrate their diversity.
The path to get to these beliefs and knowledge was a 5 year journey. I am not so pompous or self-congratulatory as to tell you this was easy. I will tell you that there was an ember inside of me that believed in my daughter. This ember has gown into a burning fire. This fire has obliterated doctors, teachers, and therapists who preached a litany of pessimism.
I am an advocate. I am a mother.
I thank God every day for Soma.
I thank Soma every day for being so brilliant.
I thank my daughter every day for being the strongest person I will ever know.